Dr Ferreira is a Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Nicosia. He holds a Licenciature in Clinical Psychology from ISPA, Portugal, and a PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. After the completion of his PhD, he worked at the University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer and Senior Teaching Fellow of post-graduate courses (MSc and Doctoral) offered by the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Between 2006 and 2007 he also worked in several services across Edinburgh in clinical capacities. He has been involved in several research projects and has published extensively in the areas of General Mental Health Disorders and Psychological Adjustment to Chronic Illness.
Dr Ferreira is interested in the use and development of Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural approaches and in particular, the applications of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for long-term or chronic health conditions (e.g. Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Asthma). More specifically, he is interested in developing intervention models based on ACT across all populations and age groups (but especially in pediatric setting). He is also interested in Contextual Psychology basic research, such as the study of the impact of concepts like values, acceptance/ avoidance, cognitive fusion and mindfulness on psychosocial and physical outcomes. Furthermore, he is also interested in research in the areas of emotion, emotion regulation, alexithymia, PTSD, eating disorders, burnout and e-learning.